One of the most fascinating times of the year for baseball fans is MLB‘s trade deadline.
Year after year, the fate of players and even franchises is shaped around the deadline, when contenders look for impact pieces to aid their playoff chances and sellers get rid of some valuable chips to get prospects for the future.
The 2022 season is a bit odd from a schedule perspective: it will start a week later than anticipated, and will also end a few days after the previously projected date.
As a result, the trade deadline will also be moved a couple of days.
“Mark your calendars: This season’s MLB Trade Deadline will be August 2 at 6:00 pm ET,” MLB writer Mark Feinsand tweeted.
Mark your calendars: This season’s MLB Trade Deadline will be August 2 at 6:00 pm ET.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) April 4, 2022
Usually, the trade deadline in MLB was on July 31, but this time, the league pushed it back a couple of days.
Teams will adjust accordingly.
An Exciting Deadline
The 2022 MLB trade deadline could be one of the most exciting in recent memory, because there is a marked distinction between buyers and sellers.
For example, if the Oakland Athletics don’t trade star pitcher Frankie Montas in the first half, he will be one of the hottest commodities around the deadline, with contenders hungry for pitchers and the A’s looking for prospects.
The Cincinnati Reds could always flip Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle, and if the Baltimore Orioles decide to trade Cedric Mullins, he will surely generate a lot of interest from contending organizations.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, and even the Washington Nationals could find themselves selling in early August.
We have until August 2 to find out who stays and who goes.